2- Try some Berlin parklife
The relatively modern Gorlitzer Park is the hub where the Kreuzbergians hang out - it was once a train station and depot.While you're on Gorlitzer Strasse, make sure you try some of the cool cafes with outdoor seating. Berlin also has the second largest Botanical Gardens in the world. Visit the huge greenhouses then find a quiet place to sit and hang out (as long as you don't mind the sound of croaking frogs every now and again). There's also a cafe with a terrace, if you want to sit and have a coffee or an ice cream.
3- See Berlin's most majestic monument
Right next to the Holocaust Memorial is the Brandenburg Gate, perhaps the most famous symbol of the tumultuous history of Berlin. Napoleon stole the famous statue from the top of it when he defeated the Prussians, however it was returned only ten years later when the Prussians made their comeback. Sixty percent of the city was levelled during The Second World War and even the Brandenburg Gate didn’t escape unharmed, with its full restoration only finishing in 2005.
4- Visit an abandoned airfield
was an airport until it shut in 2008 and now the runways and airfield have become a huge park. It's open from sunrise to sunset, and you'll find lots of people flying kites, riding bikes around the runways (you can hire them there) and roller blading. It's also got a barbecue and picnic area if you fancy eating alfresco.
5- Learn more about the city's history
The Jewish Museum
has two thousand years of German-Jewish history on display and it’s well worth a look. Particularly powerful is the 24m high Holocaust Tower
, an unheated concrete silo, representing the helplessness and persecution of the Jews during the war. You'll also find Checkpoint Charlie
, the historic crossing point from East to West Berlin, and where Allied and Soviet tanks famously faced-off during the crisis of 1961. On Cora-Berliner-Straße, you’ll find 2,711 concrete plinths of different heights. Finished in 2004, the Holocaust Memorial
is a powerful and sobering reminder of the horrors inflicted on the Jews during the war.
6- Make a pilgrimage to Bowie's building
David Bowie's apartment, at Hauptstrasse 155, was where he lived in the mid-to-late 1970s and is a popular spot with fans of the British singer. Bowie, who passed away in 2016, wrote some of his most creative works during his time in Berlin, including most famously, "Heroes".
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